Written and recorded in the two months following the US election, Love Is Love is a collection of songs that try to bring together and fix the America that Woods think is becoming fractured and broken with hatred. Gentle beats and soft vocals are in abundance on this record that is available on Vinyl LP, CD and Cassette tape.
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Whilst eating my breakfast this morning I began half hoping that Woods had covered Lungfish's 'Love Is Love' for this latest record but no such luck. The latest Woods record comes entangled in a backstory about the US election etc but you don't really need to know about that. What you do need to know is that it continues on with the same laid back summer jams of last year’s City Sun Eater In The River Of Light. I have to say I'm not fully on board with Woods new incarnation as a summer jam band - too many guitar solo's of which the title track has roughly three thousand. 'Bleeding Blue' is a nice acoustic ballad which turns into a horn and organ free for all. Also: pleasant in a summery manner though I'm sure that Woods new songs lack the depth of their predecessors.
What Woods do nicely is to marry desperate, defeated lyrics to sunny side up pop melodies. As they suggest in the sleeve notes what we often need from art in these times is escapism and these six tracks are laid back and seemingly inconsequential - a sort of horn-filled musical cross between Love circa 'Da Capo' and Bob Marley. Some tracks ('Spring Is In The Air') seem to have developed out of jams so there's a kind of insouciance to proceedings. I like 'I Hit That Drum' best which moves furthest away from the Woods template with drony guitars and Jeremy Earl sounding remarkably like Green Garside.
Otherwise it's a band trying something different, doesn't always work but at worst it's a nice piece of guitar pop confection with dark undertones that on the surface at least may help you forget about your cares.
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